The final battle of the night was between Caitlin Michele and Melanie Martinez who sang Ellie Gouldin’s “Lights” with guidance from Adam Levine and Mary J. Blige. Melanie said of being paired with Caitlin, “Even though me and Caitlin have very different voices, we have a very similar style.” Mary J. Blige commented, “Melanie Martinez looks like a little girl, but she has so much depth to her.” Unfortunately, during their rehearsals, these girls just seemed inexplicably average and not special at all. Adam put it best, “Caitlin and Melanie had an off-day in the final rehearsal, and we all do, but the best way to excel is to give it 200%. You have to get up there knowing that you’re gonna blow everyone’s minds with this.” Despite that, he still had confidence in them, “Melanie and Caitlin are equally capable of winning this; it just comes down to who wants it more.” But to everyone’s relief, they came to the performance with so much passion and showed their true talent when it really counted. Having two girls with nearly unique voices was an interesting combination, but they made it work. So when Carson Daly asked the coaches whom they favored, it was very clear that they really just wanted whoever Adam let go. A noticeably torn Adam said, “The last day of rehearsal it felt like you weren’t really there. But today, you couldn’t have impressed me more... I want them both on my team. I don’t want anyone stolen from my team... Well, my initial gut and the person that moved me the most from the beginning was Melanie.” This opened the floor for the coaches to steal Caitlin, and sure enough, Blake and CeeLo each pushed their red button. Blake and Adam reminded Caitlin that not CeeLo, but Blake turned around for her at the blind auditions. But this unique singer was swayed by CeeLo who said, “Unique is my real first name! I think you should be on Team CeeLo.” So fortunately, both of these girls got to stay with the show for a little while longer.
That’s all for the first week of the battles! Next Monday, the battle rounds continue on NBC at 8/7c with even more suspence, steals, and absolutely crazy coaches.
So what did everyone think of tonight and this week overall? The steal option certainly throws a new, needed dimension into everything, making the performances even more important, and causing the coaches to really pay attention constantly.
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